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Testing SQL Server Storage Performance

Brent Ozar walks us through CrystalDiskMark 7 to check whether storage speed is up to snuff:

The Peak Performance + Mix setting runs a pretty cool mix of tests that will push your storage hard. Note that I don’t try to get CDM to replicate exactly how SQL Server does IO: I’m just trying to get a quick 5-minute idea of whether my storage is hot or not.

Click through for the demo. Mind you, this is something you want to do before setting up SQL Server…